Five times every day, year after year after year, people in the vicinity of local mosques hear the Arabic words that Allah is god and Muhammad is his prophet. These proclamations have been going out from the mosques of the Middle East, Asia, North Africa and Western nations five times a day for nearly 1,400 years. If you multiply this by the number of mosques and the number of Muslims who pray daily, these prayers have been proclaimed billions (even trillions) of times.
The prayer, “Allah is god and Muhammad is his prophet,” is called the great confession. It, as well as other repetitive prayers, dominate the days of Muslims who maintain their faith. What is essential for us to know is that the power of proclamation established through the reciting of the confession and the repetitive prayers is indeed powerful.
Derek Prince, Greek and Latin scholar at Cambridge University served with the British army in World War II. He began to study the Bible and experienced a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. Out of this encounter, he formed two conclusions: first, that Jesus Christ is alive; and second, that the Bible is an authentic, relevant, up-to-date book.
He then made the connection between the repetitions of Islamic proclamation and power during the many years he spent living in the Middle East. Prince observed, “The basis of the spiritual power of Islam the Middle East and North Africa is summed up in one word, proclamation. The Arabs, whether consciously or unconsciously, have understood the tremendous spiritual power of persistent proclamation . . . and I believe that is the real basis of the tremendous dominating spiritual power of Islam. It’s this persistent, ceaseless proclamation of the spiritual force that they want to establish.”
Truth is far more powerful than untruth; it doesn’t take the same number of proclamations of truth to defeat error. As Christians, the opportunity before us is to respond with the declaration of the Word of God. God tells us in Job 22:28 that if we decree or declare a thing, it will be established.
In Philippians 2:9-11, the Word of God also proclaims: “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him (Jesus) and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
As Christians, we proclaim the Word of God! Therefore, it is our great privilege to lift the name of Jesus in the power of counter-proclamation. We proclaim His victory, the power of His name, the power of His blood, and the power of His resurrection. Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords, and of His kingdom there is no end. As Christians, we proclaim these truths in prayer, intercession, worship, praise, and the declaration of His Word. The truth of His Word will penetrate the darkness!
- The Word of God brings life and the fullness of God. Today we declare that every false god declaration, and every false proclamation is null and void, in the name of Jesus.
- We proclaim to the Muslim people of the world, “Jesus Christ, the creator of the nations of the earth, is Lord and King! The kingdom of Jesus and His reign will never end. Receive Him as your Lord and Savior.”